With each day, new revelations indicate that the depth of Russian meddling in the 2016 election was not only unprecedented, it was also assisted by members of the Trump team who were in direct contact with agents working for the Russian government.
Intercepted communications now show that disgraced National Security Adviser Michael Flynn was being used as a mole inside the Trump campaign, the contact and leverage Russia intended to use in order to control the Trump administration once it was in office.
On CNN Friday evening, reporter Pamela Brown noted this about the Russian efforts:
“Those conversations deeply concerned U.S. intelligence officials and it even impacted what intelligence the incoming administration was privy to because some Obama intelligence acted on their own to limit how much sensitive information they shared with Flynn.”
An American intelligence official also told CNN:
“The way the Russians were talking about Flynn was regarded as what they call a ‘five-alarm fire’ from early on.”
Through his attorney, Flynn has sought immunity to tell everything he knows, but so far no Congressional committee or other investigative agency has offered that immunity to him. Flynn has been subpoenaed by the Senate Intelligence Committee, but it remains unclear if he will cooperate.
On Friday, the Washington Post reported that the FBI has:
“Identified a current White House official as a significant person of interest, showing that the probe is reaching into the highest levels of government, according to people familiar with the matter.”
Though the individual was not named, speculation has begun that it could be Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, who also serves as a close adviser to the alleged president.
The White House issued a denial of any collusion, with Press Secretary Sean Spicer commenting:
“As the president has stated before, a thorough investigation will confirm that there was no collusion between the campaign and any foreign entity.”
Trump, along with at least a dozen close advisers, is currently in Saudi Arabia on his first overseas trip as head of state. He will also travel to Israel and Vatican City.
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